I've read it, and it's a terrific read. I'm not a reader of McBain's 87th
Prescient series, but I do like his early standalones. While VANISHING
LADIES may have its share of coincidences and lack of motivational logic
that typify a number of works from that pbo era, it's undeniably compelling
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> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Motel noir...
> In 1957 Evan Hunter, writing as Richard Marsten, did "Vanishing Ladies"
> (Perma-Books M3097) ("Original Mystery - Not a Reprint"). I haven't read
> yet, but the cover is pure Motel Noir - evening light; a bad girl (a
> good bad girl, if you take my meaning) in lipstick, heels, and not very
> of a purple dress, cocking a hip; a gunman in a suit a few yards behind
> all backgrounded by just the kind of sleazy 50s motel we love, complete
> spotlit "Vacancy" sign. The caption-blurb says "The motel was a front for
> crime and a setting for murder!", which strikes me as rather uncreative.
> - John Woolley
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